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Reem Taoz Outwits Colombian Kidnappers

Reem Taoz is an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) combat veteran who served three tours of active duty in the Middle East. Reem Taoz has also experience serving as a night shift manager for Grupo Taoz SAC and Lafromagerie SAC in Lima, Peru.

In 2015, a business trip took Mr. Taoz to Bogota, Colombia, where he was kidnapped by the man employed to be his bodyguard. After being picked up at the airport, the former police officer took the unsuspecting Taoz to a farm where gunmen demanded a $7.5 million ransom.

The kidnappers threatened to cut off his fingers and gouge out his eyes, but the IDF veteran outsmarted his captors. He convinced them that he could have one million euros delivered if only he could speak with his business associates. The kidnappers agreed, and he phoned the Israeli Embassy and told them of his situation and location in Hebrew.

A Colombian security team soon raided the premises, and Taoz was released unharmed.

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